In our last article we began to take a look at beginning to create a track plan for our layout and some of the tools that are available to help you on your way to building your dream model railway layout, but for those that would like to take a slightly easier route, we’ve compiled a quick list of our Top 3 free online resources for model railway track plans! There’s a huge amount of layout plans to choose from here with something for every taste, space and desire! There are a lot of website supposedly offering free track plans and other stuff, but most fall way short of anything even remotely useful! These however are well worth a look…
This is by far our favourite resource. It’s a fantastic site with 100’s of track plans to browse, including a large archive of layouts based on those featured in the various issues of the Hornby Track Plans booklet. Some are based on real locations, other purely fictitious. From small shelf layouts, to huge, complex exhibition layouts. This site has them all! Full diagrams are shown on the site for each layout, plus you can also download the AnyRail files for most of the layouts too, enabling you to tweak and expand to your hearts content before generating a complete list of track sections and more for your shopping list!
This site is nowhere near as jam packed as the previous one, but it does have a lot more eye candy! Whilst most are international layouts, there’s a good mix on N gauge and HO complete with photographs of various aspects of each layout to inspire your creativity!
If you’re looking for something quick and easy to build then there’s a few simple track plans on here. They would work in OO/HO or N gauge and are ideal for beginners and experienced modellers.
Know of any other site you think we should add to our list? Please feel free to post them in the comments forms below and we’ll get them added!
Thanks for reading 🙂